UPDATE: Peaches had heroin in blood

Peaches Geldof was found dead on April 7.

Peaches Geldof, daughter of Live Aid activist and former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, had heroin in her system when she died.


An inquest today heard that a toxicology test showed 25-year-old Peaches had heroin in her blood. Her, mother Paula Yates, died from an accidental heroin overdose when Peaches was a young girl.

The inquest, which opened briefly before being adjourned, said initial tests showed the presence of the drug. Earlier, UK newspaper The Times, had leaked results of the report. It has not yet been decided what the cause of death was.

This afternoon’s hearing was opened and adjourned by North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch at Gravesend Old Town Hall.

The inquest began at 2pm (UK time) and lasted around 10 minutes. It was adjourned, as is usual in initial hearings, after Peaches had her identity confirmed.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, told the inquest that a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, and further tests were needed. He added that heroin use was ‘likely’ to have played a part in her death.

The young writer and TV presenter died last month at her Wrotham, Kent home.

Emergency services were called to the Kent property on April 7 after neighbours alerted them and were concerned for the mother of two’s welfare.

Reportedly, Kent police found no evidence of drugs paraphernalia on arrival at the house, leading to speculation that evidence may have been removed.

A post-mortem examination held two days later proved inconclusive.

Police have previously said they were treating the death as non-suspicious, unexplained and sudden.

Ms Geldof shared the home with her husband, musician Tom Cohen, and their two young sons, Astala, 23 months, and Phaedra, 11 months old.  

The funeral was held in the village of Davington, at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church.

It is the same church where both she and her parents got married and where her mother’s funeral took place in 2000.

The service was attended by a number of well-known faces including Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Jaime Winstone and Jools Holland.

Just hours before her death Peaches posted a photograph of herself as a child with her mother Paula Yates.

TV presenter Paula Yates died at the age of 41 from a heroin overdose in 2000.

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